Scarlet Robe, Dahongpao - Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
Oolong, Oolong Tea, Oolong Tea Leaves
Apricot, Dates, Honey, Peach, Plums, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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Scarlet Robe Rock Tea, often called the “King of Tea”, is a legendary rock tea grown on the jagged, rocky cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains. It was designated as a Imperial Tribute Tea during the Qing dynasty and the leaves of the original bushes are believed to be the most expensive in the world.

A lightly-roasted Spring leaf, this Scarlet Robe imparts a strong aroma of stone fruit, matched by a complex palate of apple, cherry, and peaches…

Notes: apple, cherry, peach

Infusion: 190ºF / 88ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin: Wuyi, Northern Fujian Province, China

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I drank this on Monday, before I realized that steepster was out of commission, & although I didn’t take notes, I’ll do my best to share my experience, because Brett was generous enough to send me a sample, for which I’m grateful.

I do enjoy Da Hong Pao teas, & although this one is a lighter roast than what I tend to go for, it’s a lovely cup of fruitiness, perfectly sweet & fragrant with the aroma of apricot & apple, & with a beautiful clean & fresh kind of aroma, almost crisp, like a sweet tart apple.
Thanks Brett!

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This particular Da Hong Pao — a legend among legendary Chinese teas — is definitely a lower roast that most others… which seems to deliver a bouquet of various fruits, hard to even say which (maybe apple, cherry, peach, apricot, stone fruits?)… It’s a very popular and easy drinker for newer tea drinkers. My parents and grandparents love it, you really can’ t go wrong!

Flavors: Apricot, Dates, Honey, Peach, Plums, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is my favorite anytime tea. It is pleasantly nutty and slightly roasted in flavor, hot or cold. As an experiment, I put some leaves in a cup of water in the fridge and let it cold brew overnight. The next day I had an amazing iced tea and none of the flavors/tasting notes had been compromised. Da Hong Bao is always harmonious to the palate— neither bitter or astringent, but rather a tad sweet with a clean, smooth aftertaste. I think it pairs well with any food, expanding and rounding out flavors. Also a great after dinner cup of tea!

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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